Cross border ecommerce has helped boost cargo tonnage at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to record figures of 866,713 tonnes for the first half of 2017.
Europe’s third biggest air freight hub, saw cargo volumes grow 8.7 per cent to 866,713 tonnes between January and June 2017, up from 797,069 tonnes during the same period in 2016.
Volumes to the Far East grew to 27,706 tonnes in June 2017, up 15 per cent on June 2016 figures of 24,091 tonnes, with inbound Far East volumes reaching 26,511 tonnes in the same month, up 14.1 per cent on June 2016 figures of 23,230 tonnes.
Half year figures for the Far East were 154,866 tonnes for outbound, up 12.2 per cent on the same period in 2016, with inbound figures at 149,836 tonnes, up 8.3 percent on the same period in 2016.
Shanghai, China, Amsterdam Airport’s busiest cargo destination saw strong full freighter growth in the first six months of 2017.
“The Schiphol Cargo Community has worked on a series of new initiatives this year, which demonstrate our commitment to ensuring a safe and efficient cargo process, and our excellent first half-year performance is the result of this collaboration,” said Jonas van Stekelenburg, Head of Cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
“Together with Dutch Customs we are engaged in cooperating with stakeholders at the airport to find new ways of working which can further improve efficiencies,” said Saskia van Pelt, Business Development Director, Schiphol Cargo.
“VENUE is one of the solutions that will help shippers to do just that.”
A dedicated Cross border e-Commerce Task Force at Amsterdam is supporting further initiatives, including schemes to increase visibility in the supply chain and boost the efficiency of ground handling processes at the hub.
In addition, the recent launch of KLM Cargo’s new sorter will allow for faster handling of all postal and express shipments at Schiphol.